Date Added: Tuesday, March 14th, 2023 at 10:51am
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Content of Testimonial:
Taken from the Rescue Mission's own news letter:
Working at the Mission, you quickly see God at work in the overwhelming kindness and compassion of our community. This often seems most evident in food services, as they experience that provision every day in the meals they faithfully prepare and deliver to our shelters and public dining room.
An example of this provision happened just a few weeks ago. Monday went on as usual, but on Tuesday and Wednesday, our driver and kitchen supervisor were unable to come to work. On Tuesday, our cook also had an appointment and was not able to arrive for work until after 11 a.m. Our food services director stepped up to help fill the gap, aided by one of our very faithful kitchen prep volunteers.
To help meet the need with limited staff, God provided a meal of Spaghetti and Meatballs from Mayflower Congregational Church on Tuesday, a meal of Scalloped Potatoes with Ham from Plymouth Congregational Church on Wednesday, and a Mediterranean Meal from Woody's Oasis on Thursday. Each dinner, each day was more than enough for both shelters, and we averaged about 120 dinners each night.
At each meal, we do our best to provide salads, fruit, vegetable, dessert, and beverages, in addition to a quality main entree. However, by Tuesday, pastries and desserts were also starting to get low. (Pastries are also used to supplement breakfast for our overnight guests.) Starbucks was unable to open that day, and they chose to put their excess to good use by donating to the Mission. We ended up with 750+ pastries and desserts!
As the director said, "God provided the grace for us to stay on top of kitchen tasks, do pick-ups, and deliver the meal."
What could have been seen as discouraging circumstances, with the staffing shortages, became another encouraging example of compassion in action. Currently, we are seeing higher numbers for services than we have ever experienced. There remains a shortfall in funding for food, especially with increased prices, and we need another van to assist with delivering meals and picking up donations. However, we know that the need will be met, and right on time. Thank you for all you do to help us provide food, shelter, and hope to hundreds every day. Thank you for being a rescuer.